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Greenway may return for Round 9 battle

Tamsin Greenway is set to be available for selection for Wasps Netball’s clash with Team Northumbria on Good Friday after making a sensational return to the court last weekend.

The former England international’s appearance against Celtic Dragons marked the first time Greenway had stepped onto a competitive netball court since retiring from the sport in 2015.

Wasps Netball return to the Ricoh Arena to face Team Northumbria on Friday, April 14 (6.00pm centre-pass) – with Greenway expected to be on the substitute bench for the fixture.

Greenway, now out of retirement, says that her return to the netball court was not planned but key injuries left her with limited options.

She said: “It really wasn’t in the game-plan for me to ever take to court again let alone play on Friday night. It’s been tough losing both Amy Flanagan and Sophia Candappa in centre court, the injuries have left our squad thin in that area of the court.

“We have had one of those seasons, one injury after another, we’ve just got to get on with it as, you can never predict what is going to happen in professional sport, that’s the nature of the game.”

Greenway only played one quarter of action but had a huge impact on the game last time out, entering the game at half-time with the scores level and exiting it with her team holding a comfortable lead.

The Wasps Director of Netball was listed as one of the three reserve players at the start of the season, but did not expect she would ever have to put on the Wasps Netball dress.

She added: “There was no name on the back of my dress as I genuinely didn’t think we’d lose two key players! But it’s happened and I have to say it was a great feeling to be back out there, with this incredible group of players and especially with our home crowd roaring us on.

“We have to adapt to the situations we are put in. I will be on the substitute bench again against Team Northumbria, but that’s not to say I’m expecting to play.

“Will I take to the court again? Well, we’ll have to see how the game pans out. The team have worked hard this week and I’m really pleased with how our youngsters are stepping up to the challenge.

“We’ve now had five different wing attacks out there, that’s tough on the whole team, but we’re cracking on as normal.

“Sport is unpredictable, you can never really know what will happen next, I guess I’ve learnt my lesson to never say never!”

Wasps Netball’s next match sees them face Team North Umbria at the Ricoh Arena on Friday, April 14 (6.00pm centre pass), with a ‘Back to the 90s’ theme for fans to enjoy with a pre-match silent disco in the Fan Village from 4.00pm.

Tickets for Wasps Netball vs Team Northumbria on April 14 start from £10 for adults while under-10s go free, and can be purchased from www.waspsnetball.co.uk/tickets.